CEREDO, W.Va.—Twelvepole Creek LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Electric Corp., has awarded AEP Pro Serv Inc. the contract for the engineering, design, construction and project management of the Ceredo Electric Generating Station located in Ceredo, W. Va. On July 5, Twelvepole issued Pro Serv a “full notice to proceed” with the construction of the facility.

The Ceredo Electric Generating Station is a 500 MW, natural gas-fueled, simple cycle facility that will generate electricity for the East Central Area Reliability Council (ECAR) region. The project will be situated on a 54-acre site adjacent to Columbia Gas Transmission’s compressor station in Ceredo. The generating station will utilize the cleanest proven technology and will employ approximately 200 construction workers and up to 10 permanent employees. The facility is expected to begin commercial operation prior to the peak summer season in 2001.

“The combination of Columbia’s expertise in energy project development and Pro Serv’s experience in project construction and management will maximize the facility’s environmental and economic benefits both locally and throughout the ECAR region,” said Michael Gluckman, Columbia Electric Corp. president and CEO.

James A. Howard, AEP Pro Serv vice president of major projects, explained that the company is pleased to have the formal approval from Columbia. “We’ve mobilized our project management team and have started some initial site preparation activities,” he said. “With the notice to proceed, we’ll be able to rapidly move forward on the project.”

The Twelvepole announcement follows on the heels of other Columbia Electric developments this month, including a groundbreaking ceremony on July 17 to begin construction of the Liberty Electric Power Project in Eddystone, Pa., and commencement July 15 of commercial operations of the Gregory Power Project near Corpus Christi, Texas.

“Clean natural gas-fired power plants are driving the future of electric generation, and Columbia Electric is moving aggressively to meet the needs of this growing market,” Gluckman said.